I was watching the second day of the 2012 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach and I can't understand for the life of me why they would put both CJ and Damien Hobgood in the same heat.
Granted it's only the first round, which is essentially just a warm up round. But, the winner, in this case Damien, went straight through to round three, while second and third place finishers – CJ and Michel Bourez were forced to fight for survival in round two.
After the falloff of Tanner Gudauskas, the retirement of Bruce and passing of Andy Irons, the Hobgoods are the only remaining brothers on tour. Seeding aside, it seems silly to have the twins face off in the first round of competition. Wouldn't the fans rather see them duke it out at a more critical point?
I'd personally rather see Damien and Ceej paddle battle through a man-on-man heat, throwing elbows to the face and caution to the wind. Instead, the brains at the ASP gave us a premature evacuation, throwing the ‘Goods in a no loser round.
The silver lining is that CJ overtook Miguel Pupo in the loser round to make it into round 3. So if he and Damo hold out, I may just get my wish.